Grosses

'Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials' #1, But Below Its Predecessor with $30.3M; 'Black Mass' #2 with $22.6M Start; 'Everest' Climbs to Promising $7.2M in IMAX/PLF DebutSeptember 21, 2015 12:54 PM

by Daniel Garris

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials debuted in first this weekend with $30.32 million. However, the young adult sequel from Fox debuted significantly below expectations and an underwhelming 7 percent below the $32.51 million debut of last year's The Maze Runner. With that said, without adjusting for ticket price inflation The Scorch Trials delivered the eighth largest September debut of all-time (just ahead of 2009's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs). Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials outpaced Black Mass by a comfortable $7.68 million in the battle for first place this weekend.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials opened with $11.00 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.7 million from Thursday night shows), increased 11 percent on Saturday to gross $12.25 million and declined 42 percent on Sunday to gross $7.07 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.76 to 1. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore, which was just below the A- CinemaScore rating of its predecessor. That and the film's sequel nature suggest that The Scorch Trials won't hold up as well in comparison going forward.

Warner's Black Mass debuted in second place with $22.64 million. While the Johnny Depp led crime drama didn't nearly reach the heights that its strong online pre-sales had suggested, the film was still off to a solid start and opened in line with low-end and earlier expectations. Given its moderate price tag, the film's debut was arguably Depp's strongest since the launch of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides back in 2011. Black Mass opened just 5 percent below the $23.81 million start of 2010's The Town, but whether it can duplicate that film's holding power remains to be seen.

Black Mass started with $8.77 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.4 million from Thursday night shows), was unchanged on Saturday with $8.77 million and declined 42 percent on Sunday to gross $5.10 million. That gave the film a relatively front-loaded opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.58 to 1, which isn't the greatest initial sign for the film. Black Mass received a B rating on CinemaScore, which while respectable, doesn't suggest that the film will hold up especially well going forward.

Universal's The Visit placed in third with $11.57 million. The low-budget M. Night Shyamalan directed horror thriller from Blumhouse Productions was down 55 percent from last weekend. That represented a sizable, but respectable second weekend decline, especially given the overall new competition that arrived in the marketplace this weekend. The Visit continues to exceed expectations with a ten-day take of $42.56 million. That places the film 32 percent ahead of the $32.20 million ten-day gross of 2006's Lady in the Water.

Last weekend's top film, Sony's The Perfect Guy was down three spots and a sharp 62 percent to land in fourth with $9.75 million. Despite the sharp second weekend decline, in the bigger picture the low-budget thriller starring Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut is still performing very nicely with a ten-day gross of $41.46 million. That places The Perfect Guy 4 percent ahead of the $39.70 million ten-day take of last year's No Good Deed.

Everest was off to a healthy fifth place start this weekend with $7.22 million. Universal's adventure drama opened exclusively in 545 IMAX 3D and PLF 3D locations, which gave the film a very promising per-location average of $13,251 for the frame. Everest took in $2.30 million on Friday, was up an encouraging 30 percent on Saturday to gross $2.99 million and declined 36 percent on Sunday to gross $1.93 million. That placed the film's weekend to Friday ratio at a strong 3.14 to 1. Given the strength of this weekend's exclusive debut, prospects are looking bright for Everest when it expands into traditional wide release next weekend.

Sony's War Room continued to hold up very nicely this weekend with a sixth place take of $6.22 million. Continued strong word of mouth continues to drive the Kendrick Brothers produced faith based film, as it was down a slim 20 percent from last weekend. War Room has grossed a terrific $49.05 million in 24 days. The film is currently running 20 percent stronger than the $40.90 million 24-day take of last year's God's Not Dead.

Meanwhile, as War Room continued to excel this weekend, fellow faith based film Captive stumbled out of the gate with an eleventh place start of just $1.39 million. The drama thriller from Paramount starring Kate Mara and David Oyelowo opened below its already modest expectations. As was the case with Samuel Goldwyn's 90 Minutes in Heaven last weekend, potential for Captive was clearly limited by the continued success of War Room.

On the platform front, Lionsgate's Sicario was off to a strong start with $401,288 from 6 locations. That gave the crime thriller starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin a per-location average of $66,881 for the frame. Sicario will expand into wide release on October 2nd.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jul. 22 - Sun, Jul. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The First Avenger$65,058,524--3,715--$17,512$65,058,5241Paramount
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$47,422,212-72%4,3750$10,839$273,539,2812Warner Bros.
3Friends With Benefits$18,622,150--2,926--$6,364$18,622,1501Sony / Screen Gems
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$12,051,735-43%3,375-542$3,571$325,841,1854Paramount / DreamWorks
5Horrible Bosses$11,884,319-33%3,104-30$3,829$82,566,7033Warner Bros. / New Line
6Zookeeper$8,702,055-29%3,215-267$2,707$59,206,2553Sony / Columbia
7Cars 2$5,655,857-33%2,668-581$2,120$176,375,2955Disney
8Winnie the Pooh$5,162,046-34%2,4050$2,146$17,594,2972Disney
9Bad Teacher$2,610,925-49%2,034-625$1,284$94,365,6885Sony / Columbia
10Larry Crowne$1,019,475-62%1,035-1252$985$34,327,4054Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$1,804,662-4%621-85$2,906$44,783,20610Sony Pictures Classics
2Bridesmaids$1,325,985-23%680-192$1,950$163,832,87011Universal
3Mr. Popper's Penguins$935,068-32%591-411$1,582$63,500,8206Fox
4Super 8$760,042-61%658-801$1,155$124,235,1027Paramount
5Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$670,258-30%1000$6,703$2,003,9302Eros International
6The Tree of Life$555,573-11%230-5$2,416$11,038,1509Fox Searchlight
7Monte Carlo$475,973-64%360-809$1,322$21,772,5884Fox
8Beginners$425,205-2%157-13$2,708$4,607,4188Focus
9Green Lantern (2011)$381,612-72%421-552$906$113,920,2096Warner Bros.
10X-Men: First Class$348,046-45%295-175$1,180$144,210,3648Fox
11Thor$343,000-11%236-36$1,453$180,136,18812Paramount
12Kung Fu Panda 2$317,481-31%250-104$1,270$160,776,0839Paramount / DreamWorks
13Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$311,464-37%246-127$1,266$238,021,77310Disney
14Rio (2011)$304,210-6%210-31$1,449$142,579,55115Fox
15The Hangover Part II$298,592-41%275-180$1,086$252,459,3099Warner Bros.
16Buck$266,508-12%123-14$2,167$2,679,2306IFC Films
17A Better Life$215,376-36%182-34$1,183$1,413,9605Summit
18Fast Five$169,650-21%174-38$975$209,445,77513Universal
19Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$136,277-5%190-24$717$14,660,0057Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$247,04528%480$5,147$9,719,34316Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Le Sens de l'humour$218,580-30%87-2$2,512$2,085,3813Alliance Films
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$200,33349%6137$3,284$411,1332Fox Searchlight
4Singham$161,064--50--$3,221$161,0641Reliance Big Pictures
5Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$145,2565%5432$2,690$595,7283Sony Pictures Classics
6The Trip (2011)$129,61237%465$2,818$1,269,9257IFC Films
7Hubble 3D$121,4176%27-4$4,497$27,020,08971Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Tabloid$121,05733%3117$3,905$263,5232IFC Films
9Sarah's Key$115,708--5--$23,142$115,7081Weinstein Company
10Page One: Inside the New York Times$95,671-25%652$1,472$762,6846Magnolia Pictures
11Terri$87,67913%366$2,436$372,1934IDP/ATO Pictures
12Another Earth$77,740--4--$19,435$77,7401Fox Searchlight
13Water for Elephants$66,121-25%91-29$727$58,594,03414Fox
14Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$57,000171%87$7,125$130,8373International Film Circuit
15Cave of Forgotten Dreams$54,4108%38-10$1,432$5,032,51513IFC Films
16Project Nim$50,1452%19-3$2,639$171,2273Roadside Attractions
17Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$49,136-5%100$4,914$3,667,749633D Entertainment
18Under the Sea 3D$47,76132%13-1$3,674$29,275,057128Warner Bros. / IMAX
19A Little Help$44,870--24--$1,870$44,8701Freestyle Releasing
20Incendies$40,36114%29-9$1,392$6,708,35914Sony Pictures Classics
21Insidious$37,990-25%59-7$644$53,899,87217FilmDistrict
22Delhi Belly$35,947-66%25-42$1,438$1,501,7654UTV Communications
23Something Borrowed$29,322-61%47-27$624$39,026,18612Warner Bros.
24The Double Hour$29,14742%20-2$1,457$1,426,69215IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
25Bride Flight$25,974-7%170$1,528$365,1277Music Box Films
26Turtle: The Incredible Journey$25,84174%124$2,153$258,3835Hannover House
27The Undefeated (2011)$24,664-62%144$1,762$101,3822Cinedigm
28Submarine$21,376141%184$1,188$426,9048Weinstein Company
29Space Station 3D$20,020--1--$20,020$84,008,246484IMAX
30Life, Above All$15,57113%105$1,557$39,1682Sony Pictures Classics
31Passione: A Musical Adventure$14,44112%40$3,610$115,0715Abramorama
32Queen to Play$13,88610%123$1,157$448,57917Zeitgeist Films
33Gerry (2011)$13,267-34%11-12$1,206$1,888,6776Entertainment One Films
34Bill Cunningham New York$11,13414%60$1,856$1,436,71019Zeitgeist Films
35Trollhunter$10,305-1%211$491$193,3877Magnolia / Magnet
36The Names of Love$9,788-57%8-4$1,224$180,0495Music Box Films
37The Myth of the American Sleepover$8,700--1--$8,700$8,7001IFC Films
38Deep Sea 3D$8,37246%30$2,791$44,396,874282Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Meek's Cutoff$6,796-50%5-8$1,359$948,50616Oscilloscope
40In a Better World$6,512-24%8-2$814$947,86717Sony Pictures Classics
41If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$6,272-9%50$1,254$45,1015Oscilloscope
42Everything Must Go$5,99916%9-3$667$2,686,76611Roadside Attractions
43The Conspirator$5,95422%100$595$11,529,67415Roadside Attractions
44The Tree$5,89318%42$1,473$12,8242Zeitgeist Films
45Rapt$5,79119%32$1,930$25,8683Lorber Films
46Winter in Wartime$5,2301889%54$1,046$537,02919Sony Pictures Classics
47Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$5,051--1--$5,051$7,5781The Film Desk
48The Woman with the 5 Elephants$4,988--1--$4,988$6,6771Cinema Guild
4913 Assassins$4,818-31%8-9$602$784,98613Magnolia / Magnet
50The Last Mountain$3,848-52%3-2$1,283$105,2828Dada Films
51Viva Riva!$3,641929%43$910$50,4927Music Box Films
52Road to Nowhere$3,609247%51$722$33,3277Monterey Media
53The Sleeping Beauty$3,234-9%20$1,617$19,4653Strand Releasing
54The Perfect Host$2,488164%31$829$20,5344Magnolia Pictures
55Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$2,283-71%2-3$1,142$247,2355Abramorama
56Rejoice and Shout$2,255-52%4-3$564$85,9798Magnolia Pictures
57Trigun: Badlands Rumble$2,113-48%20$1,057$48,2573Eleven Arts
58The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$2,107-35%3-1$702$147,28817Lorber Films
59Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,047--2--$1,024$229,62045Collective Eye
60Hobo with a Shotgun$1,966-6%50$393$698,26512Magnolia / Magnet
61The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$1,942-42%1-1$1,942$43,1295Rialto Pictures
62The Arbor$1,511130%21$756$15,99613Strand Releasing
63Bbuddah...Hoga Terra Baap$1,405--5--$281$325,5934Viva Entertainment
64Small Town Murder Songs$1,187-56%2-1$594$29,0629Monterey Media
6535 and Ticking$1,078-68%3-2$359$93,03210Image Entertainment
66Hesher$1,004-58%2-1$502$380,20911Wrekin Hill Entertainment
67Salvation Boulevard$968-87%2-2$484$14,0482IFC Films
68Poetry$853--1--$853$351,01124Kino International
69Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$83066%10$830$180,79821Strand Releasing
70Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$816--1--$816$46,65328Kino International
71Summer (2011 re-issue)$801--1--$801$26,3047The Film Desk
72Into Eternity$600-15%1-2$600$53,69825International Film Circuit
73Potiche$520-32%10$520$1,614,33518Music Box Films
74Daylight (2011)$519-46%10$519$2,0522Cinema Purgatorio
75Double Dhamaal$470--2--$235$543,3225Reliance Big Pictures
76Farmageddon$463-7%10$463$17,7166Undefined
77Circo$351--1--$351$73,44017First Run Features
78Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$329--1--$329$30,08511First Run Features
79The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$262-65%2-2$131$630,55314Sony Pictures Classics
80Film Socialisme$215-92%1-1$215$27,1778Lorber Films
81Blank City$202-74%10$202$116,03716Insurgent Releasing
82The Music Never Stopped$193--4--$48$255,77319Roadside Attractions